Research that shapes the world

We're committed to making a positive difference by finding solutions to real-world environmental and sustainability problems with our high-level research capabilities, specialist equipment and internationally recognised academics.

Study a research degree with us

Our masters and PhD students are attracted to our school for our facilities, partners, world-renowned supervisors and extensive research possibilities.

Masters by research

Enjoy flexible start dates and multiple locations. Our Master of Science (Biology and Chemistry Sciences) and Master of Science (Environmental Science) are 2-year full-time degrees and pathways to a PhD. Involves a written thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Work in a collaborative community; study our Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science) over 3 years full time on a supervised research project. Involves a written thesis and an oral defence.

Cotutelle PhD

Our Cotutelle PhD initiative allows candidates to co-enrol at two universities in different countries. Conduct research under a jointly supervised doctoral program with dual awards while being immersed in diverse research.

How to apply for a research degree

Get all the information you need to successfully apply for a Deakin research degree or PhD, including key dates, entry requirements, supporting documents and finding a research supervisor. We’re here to support you through the process.

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Find a research supervisor

Keen to get started with postgraduate study but need a supervisor? We can help you find someone suitable. Our disciplines cover a broad range of research areas, including environmental science, fisheries and aquaculture, marine and freshwater biology, and much more.

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What it’s like being a research student

What it’s like being a research student

A love of fishing inspired Tom Mock to pursue a career in aquatic science. Discover how Deakin's state-of-the-art aquaculture facilities encouraged Tom to complete his PhD.

A natural career switch - Anne's PhD journey

A natural career switch - Anne's PhD journey

Anne Eichholtzer made the career switch from cosmetics to biodiversity conversation. Her PhD is opening doors for her future job prospects.

Our research themes

We have three research themes that drive the direction of our research.

Life on land

Encompasses ecological, animal and human contributions to the environment and how they impact global issues such as wildlife conservation, evolution, agriculture and climate change. Our research seeks to understand living systems and how they relate to their environment.

Life in water

Understanding how aquatic systems play a critical role as a productive natural resource, which needs careful scientific management from an environmental and production standpoint. Our research holistically covers freshwater and marine biology and how they intersect with fisheries and aquaculture.

Molecules of life

Encompasses assessment of the molecules of life in order to identify how they influence a range of fields across physical, chemistry and molecular sciences. Our research focusses on gaining measurement of the molecule of life in biomedical, forensic, chemistry and biotechnology contexts.

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

Home to some of Australia's foremost thought leaders in economic, environmental and social development. We draw on expertise from science, engineering, business, economics and the humanities to deliver transformational outcomes for regional and rural areas in partnership with communities, government and industry.

Bioinformatics Core Research Group

Bioinformatics Core Research Group

Bringing together a range of expertise and resources to support and facilitate bioinformatics at Deakin. We enable researchers to view and process their data themselves, through appropriate training, bioinformatic support and infrastructure.

Find a scholarship

Reach your full potential and achieve your career goals with the support of a research degree or PhD scholarship. Our top scholarships recognise and reward students from a range of backgrounds and interest areas.

Our research 

Our three research themes of life on land, life in water and molecules of life, drive the direction of our research areas.

Cellular and molecular biology

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology solves fundamental and practical problems relating to health and the environment through research in molecular and cellular biology.

Chemistry, biotechnology and forensic sciences

We solve real-world problems via research into pharmaceuticals, natural products, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical detection and materials science.

Environmental management and sustainability

Our researchers aim to make an immediate difference to the current planning and management of human use of the natural environment and resources.

Integrative physiology and biochemistry

We examine the function of animals and plants addressing key questions in organismal biology and adaptation to environmental change.

Marine, freshwater and aquaculture sciences

Focusing on a wide range of aquatic areas, we seek to improve local and national industries and communities, and influence the global scientific community.

Palaeobiology and global change

Our researchers use geological records to understand and answer key questions about evolution, development and extinction on our changing planet.

Behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology

Our research centres on biological problems that are specifically related to the behaviour, ecology, evolution and ecophysiology of bird, sea and plant life.

Wildlife and conservation biology

We aim to understand the processes that influence the distribution of plants and animals, to improve biodiversity conservation outcomes.

Our facilities

Access renowned coastlines and environments, as well as science labs with contemporary design and infrastructure. We also have high-quality and specialised technologies and equipment at our Genomics Centre and Crime Scene House.

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Contact us

Get in touch with the Associate Head of School (Research and Industry Engagement) Associate Professor Xavier Conlan to learn more about our research programs, media expertise and collaboration.

+61 3 522 71416

Email Associate Professor Xavier Conlan